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Already Home | [Susan Mallery]

Already Home

After nearly a decade as a sous-chef in a trendy eatery, Jenna is desperate for a change. She’s supported her ex-husband’s dreams for so long that she can’t even remember her own... until she sees a for-lease sign near her parents’ home and envisions her very own cooking store. Her crash course in business is aided by a streetwise store manager and Jenna’s adoptive mother.
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Publisher's Summary

After nearly a decade as a sous-chef in a trendy eatery, Jenna is desperate for a change. She’s supported her ex-husband’s dreams for so long that she can’t even remember her own... until she sees a for-lease sign near her parents’ home and envisions her very own cooking store.

Her crash course in business is aided by a streetwise store manager and Jenna’s adoptive mother. But just as she’s gaining a foothold in her new life, in walk her birth parents - aging hippies on a quest to reconnect with their firstborn. Now Jenna must figure out how to reconcile the free-spirited Serenity and Tom with her traditional parents, deal with her feelings for a new love interest, and decide what to do about her ex’s latest outrageous request. In the end, Jenna will find that there is no perfect family, only the people we love.

©2011 Susan Mallery (P)2011 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    Kathy Alexandria, KY, United States 06-26-11
    Kathy Alexandria, KY, United States 06-26-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Get Out the Kleenex"

    I enjoyed the story. Many have said that the narration was a problem - I disagree. The narrator did a very good job. I don't want to give anything away, but I usually stay away from books that make me cry. This one did. I read books for laughter, good stories, interesting characters and a way to escape life and its traumas. This book delivered on most counts, but added traumas I did not need or want.

    I will be happy to read more from this author and listen to more books by this narrator. I just wish there was a way to give a kleenex rating so that I can avoid tear-jerkers in the future!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    ddeluca Evanston, IL, United States 06-19-11
    ddeluca Evanston, IL, United States 06-19-11
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    "Easy listening and quite interesting"

    I think I found this under chic lit which is a bit unfair I think. It's really interesting with the different characters and the way they intertwine. Nothing too heavy but a good listen.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Eric Mt. Sterling, Ky, United States 08-24-11
    Eric Mt. Sterling, Ky, United States 08-24-11
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    "Great Story; Terrible Narrator"

    I loved this story, but I had a very hard time getting past the narration. I could only listen for a little while at a time because the narration was so annoying.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Gina Nixa, MO, United States 07-14-11
    Gina Nixa, MO, United States 07-14-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Great book - didn't care for the narrator."

    This is one I would recommend you read instead of listen to. Narrator is very nasally.

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    LeftyMom North Carolina 06-25-11
    LeftyMom North Carolina 06-25-11 Member Since 2007

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    "Not a romance"

    This is not a romance novel it is a story about a woman who was adopted and meeting her birth parents. The romance part is about 10% of the story and really seems like it is more of an after thought. The narrator is BAD she has the strangest voices for even the female characters. Waste of a credit.

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    I liked the story alot. I wasn't thrilled with the narration. Her voices are strange.

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    BA in LA JEFFERSON, GA, United States 12-02-11
    BA in LA JEFFERSON, GA, United States 12-02-11 Member Since 2008

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    What did you like best about Already Home? What did you like least?

    I typically have always enjoyed Susan Mallery's books. This is the first one that I found I was ready for it to end. It seemed to drag and was predictable. I can never see myself listening to it again and plan on deleting it from my iPod. My overall reaction to it was


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    "unknown" Austin, TX, United States 09-09-11
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    Although I did enjoy the story, every male character was completely one-dimensional, and the voice performance was pretty bad and was really frustrating at time when she spoke internal dialogue as if each character was constantly making lists. This would have been a lot better if it had been narrated by someone else.

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    Kaye Golden Valley, MN, United States 06-15-11
    Kaye Golden Valley, MN, United States 06-15-11 Member Since 2008
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    "interesting story - but narrator is strange"

    the narrator had a nasal voice for some of the characters - not really enjoyable. But the story was fun to listen to

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    L. FRIEDHOFF Townsend Mt USA 06-09-11
    L. FRIEDHOFF Townsend Mt USA 06-09-11

    Cheerful spirit

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    "More Please"

    I really enjoyed & I hope we hear more about Jenna and her extended Family!!!

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